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Eurail Austria Switzerland Pass for 4 days

by Norsiah

I plan to buy a Eurail Austria Switzerland pass for 4 days of travel:

- 14 August: Salzburg by train to Lucerne
- 15 August: Golden round trip Mt Pilatus
- 16 August: Lucerne by train to Montruex Golden Pass Route
- 17 August: Montruex by train to Zurich Airport and flight home.

What is your advice? I'm travelling with my husband.

Thank you


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Eurail Austria Switzerland Pass for 4 days

Hello Norsiah,

If you travel by train only on those four days, meaning you don't do any additional travel in Austria and Switzerland, then it looks like you'd be a bit better off buying a Swiss Half Fare Card (50% discount in Switzerland on all travels by public transport).

Tickets from Salzburg to Lucerne start at Euro 45 (CHF 56) by Railjet with the Half Tax Card price included for the Swiss portion.

No matter which pass you buy, you still have to purchase a connecting ticket half price between Alpnachstad and Kriens for the Golden Roundtrip to the Pilatus.

The 4-day Eurail Austria Switzerland Pass costs you EURO 263 per person (if you buy two of them) plus the connecting trip to the Pilatus CHF 34 per person or approximately EURO 28, a total of approximately EURO 291.

Point-to-point tickets in Switzerland with a 50% discount amount to CHF 132.60 plus Half Fare Card of CHF 120 and CHF 56 (EURO 45) for the ticket Salzburg to Lucerne; a total of CHF 308.60 or approximately EURO 251.

Here's an example on how to figure out the most economical pass for your needs.

And here's a list with all rail pass options.

You can buy the Swiss Half Fare Card from your travel agent or online from the Swiss Railways.

Safe travels,


PS: Please do share a few photos and a few words of your Swiss experience. I'd be delighted to hear from you.

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Half fare card
by: Norsiah

Dear Fida,
Thank you very much for your advice. But I am confused as how to use this half fare card. Do I have to buy tickets at the station every time I travel? If that is so can I buy one card whereby it can be used without having to go get the tickets? Since my husband and I are in our late 60s and with our luggage we would like travel to be as easy and convenient as possible.
Thank you.
Warm regards,

Where to buy Half Fare Tickets
by: Fida

You are welcome Norsiah :)

With the Half Fare Card you will have to purchase each ticket before you depart at the ticket counter or any of the many ticket machines found in train stations. It's pretty easy and hassle free.

You could buy mobile tickets via smartphone. There's a free app you can download.

In your case though, the difference between a half fare card (50% on point to point tickets) and a 4 days Swiss Saver Pass is negligible. So if you prefer convenience and peace of mind, I'd recommend buying a pass. What's more, you save on museum entrance fees and city transportation, so in the end, you might even get the better deal with the pass.

Since I don't know how much you travel in Austria, do check the Austria-Switzerland Pass before purchasing a Swiss Saver Pass.

Hope that helps,

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